Cinema: Life is Beautiful

What can make life beautiful for a Jewish family in fascist Italy and in German concentration camps? The love of a father for his son, whom he protects from harm through an elaborated make-believe game and inextinguishable hope. Roberto Benigni's triple act - as writer, director and actor - is an homage to Charlie Chaplin and a wonderful tale of survival against the odds. 

"...dares to laugh in the face of the unthinkable. And because Benigni can be heart-rending without a trace of the maudlin, it works." New York Times  

Life is Beautiful, Roberto Benigni, 1997 (116 mins)